[rancid] Best way to avoid regular diffs?

heasley heas at shrubbery.net
Fri Jul 4 15:30:47 UTC 2014

Fri, Jul 04, 2014 at 09:44:35AM +0100, Dave Ewart:
> Hello,
> I've been getting repeated diffs in my Rancid reports because our
> switches use dynamic VLANs.  Bascially, the output from 'show vlan' is
> constantly varying and there is no need to capture it: its results are
> simply noise, for our purposes.
> So I've been wondering about the *correct* way to prevent that output
> hitting the diffs.
> I've done the following:
> - Copied /usr/lib/rancid/bin/rancid to a new file named
>   /usr/lib/rancid/bin/rancid-custom
> - Modified router.db so that it refers to 'cisco-custom' instead of
>   'cisco'
> - Modified /usr/lib/rancid/bin/rancid-fe to add an extra link from
>   'cisco-custom' to 'rancid-custom'
> - Then edit /usr/lib/rancid/bin/rancid-custom to remove the 'show vlan'
>   output.
> This works and does what I want, so far so good.
> This seems like a robust solution, but because I've modified stock
> files, I'm going to miss out on any updates to the rancid installation
> that the Debian packages bring, next time there's an update.
> Is my approach reasonable or can you suggest a better, more robust
> approach?

move to rancid 3.1; copy the cisco definition from rancid.types.base to
rancid.types.conf, rename it, and remove or comment the commands you do
not want.  so, no modification of stock, easier upgrades - i hope.

I believe 3.1 will also filter the vlan command anyway, if the vlan type
is dynamic (or whatever the value is).

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